Director Jonas Pate Takes the 'Bait' from Writer Bret Easton Ellis

December 17, 2010
Source: Variety


Moving from writing novels-turned-films like American Psycho and Rules of Attraction, author Bret Easton Ellis made his screenwriting debut with The Informers. While the film was very much panned in its limited release, Ellis is still moving forward with his screenwriting career as Variety reports his script for a thriller called Bait has just landed Jonas Pate ("Battlestar Galactica") to direct the film. Set in Spain, the story follows a disturbed woman who holds a group of American students hostage in shark-infested waters. Seems like a diabolical plot that a James Bond villain would craft, but sharks have an entire week dedicated to them, so it must be serious.

Aside from shooting in studios in Spain, apparently production will also take place over open water. This sounds like a very strange film, but perhaps this will be a good chance for Pate to really break into directing films. Though he helmed a film called Deceiver in 1997, he's mostly dabbled in cinematic, sci-fi TV for the past decade. Hopefully the writing talents of Ellis' novels come through in this screenplay which has the potential for a less disgusting, Human Centipede situation. Anyway, who doesn't love sharks? Interested?

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Make "meg" already.

xman on Dec 18, 2010


@ Ethan, there were major major rewrites on Ellis' script, he actually co-wrote that film with the original director Nicholas Jarecki, who was then kicked off and replaced by Gregor Jordan who recrafted the screenplay and removed much of Ellis' signature wit and black humor. Supposedly the original screenplay is very close in tone with Ellis' book and the film adaptations for Rules of Attraction, Less than Zero and American Psycho.

LINKFX on Dec 18, 2010

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